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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822984/tbk1-mutations-in-italian-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-genetic-and-functional-characterisation
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Laura Pozzi, Fabiola Valenza, Lorena Mosca, Andrea Dal Mas, Teuta Domi, Alessandro Romano, Claudia Tarlarini, Yuri Matteo Falzone, Lucio Tremolizzo, Gianni Sorarù, Federica Cerri, Pilar M Ferraro, Silvia Basaia, Federica Agosta, Raffaella Fazio, Mauro Comola, Giancarlo Comi, Maurizio Ferrari, Angelo Quattrini, Christian Lunetta, Silvana Penco, Dario Bonanomi, Paola Carrera, Nilo Riva
BACKGROUND: TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene has been recently identified as a causative gene of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We sequenced the TBK1 gene in a cohort of 154 Italian patients with ALS with unclear genetic aetiology. We subsequently assessed the pathogenic potential of novel identified TBK1 variants using functional in vitro studies: expression, targeting and activity were evaluated in patient-derived fibroblasts and in cells transfected with mutated-TBK1 plasmids...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822801/microarray-gene-expression-study-in-fibroblast-and-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-from-antipsychotic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients
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Patricia Gassó, Sergi Mas, Natalia Rodríguez, Daniel Boloc, Susana García-Cerro, Miquel Bernardo, Amalia Lafuente, Eduard Parellada
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a chronic psychiatric disorder whose onset of symptoms occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood. The etiology is complex and involves important gene-environment interactions. Microarray gene-expression studies on SZ have identified alterations in several biological processes. The heterogeneity in the results can be attributed to the use of different sample types and other important confounding factors including age, illness chronicity and antipsychotic exposure. The aim of the present microarray study was to analyze, for the first time to our knowledge, differences in gene expression profiles in 18 fibroblast (FCLs) and 14 lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) from antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients and healthy controls...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821633/cell-autonomous-cytotoxicity-of-type-i-interferon-response-via-induction-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Chrysovalantou Mihailidou, Athanasios G Papavassiliou, Hippokratis Kiaris
The interaction of IFN with specific membrane receptors that transduce death-inducing signals is considered to be the principle mechanism of IFN-induced cytotoxicity. In this study, the classic non-cell-autonomous cytotoxicity of IFN was augmented by cell-autonomous mechanisms that operated independently of the interaction of IFN with its receptors. Cells primed to produce IFN by 5-azacytidine (5-aza) underwent endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. The chemical chaperones tauroursodeoxycholate (TUDCA) and 4-phenylbutyrate (4-PBA), as well as the iron chelator ciclopirox (CPX), which reduces ER stress, alleviated the cytotoxicity of 5-aza...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821283/gene-expression-profiling-of-idiopathic-interstitial-pneumonias-iips-identification-of-potential-diagnostic-markers-and-therapeutic-targets
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Yasushi Horimasu, Nobuhisa Ishikawa, Masaya Taniwaki, Kakuhiro Yamaguchi, Kosuke Hamai, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Shinichiro Ohshimo, Hironobu Hamada, Noboru Hattori, Morihito Okada, Koji Arihiro, Yuji Ohtsuki, Nobuoki Kohno
BACKGROUND: Chronic fibrosing idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) is characterized by alveolar epithelial damage, activation of fibroblast proliferation, and loss of normal pulmonary architecture and function. This study aims to investigate the genetic backgrounds of IIP through gene expression profiling and pathway analysis, and to identify potential biomarkers that can aid in diagnosis and serve as novel therapeutic targets. METHODS: RNA extracted from lung specimens of 12 patients with chronic fibrosing IIP was profiled using Illumina Human WG-6 v3 BeadChips, and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis was performed to identify altered functional and canonical signaling pathways...
August 18, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821125/a-chitin-film-containing-basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-with-a-chitin-binding-domain-as-wound-dressings
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Yu Wang, Chuan Fu, Zhenxu Wu, Li Chen, Xuesi Chen, Yen Wei, Peibiao Zhang
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) can stimulate wound healing. However, consistent delivery of bFGF has many disadvantages. To decrease their instability and diffusible, we introduced chitin-binding domain (ChtBD) into bFGF. Two expression plasimids were constructed. The first one (named bFGF) contained bFGF (154 amino acids), the second (named ChtBD-bFGF) contained bFGF and the ChtBD (54 amino acids). ChtBD was derived from chitinase A1 (ChiA1) of Bacillus circulans WL-12. The recombinant protein ChtBD-bFGF had the same biological activity as bFGF in promoting fibroblast proliferation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819748/lipoxin-a4-attenuates-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-via-upregulation-of-let-7c-and-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
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Xiao-Qing Chen, Sheng-Hua Wu, Yan-Yan Luo, Bing-Jie Li, Shu-Jun Li, Hong-Yan Lu, Rui Jin, Zhong-Yi Sun
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily members are key regulators for lung development and progress of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The mechanisms by which lipoxin A4 (LXA4) attenuates development of BPD have not been clarified. Neonatal murine BPD models were inducted by hyperoxia treatment. Neonatal mice were exposed to room air or 85% O2 hyperoxia with or without treatment with 5S,6R-methyl-LXA4 or anti-TGF-β antibodies. Mouse lung epithelial cells (MLE-12 cells) and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (NIH/3T3 cells) were cultured in room air or 85% O2 followed by treatment of LXA4, anti-TGF-β antibodies, and let-7c mimic/anti-microRNA transfections...
August 17, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819322/nampt-enzyme-activity-regulates-catabolic-gene-expression-in-gingival-fibroblasts-during-periodontitis
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Ka Hyon Park, Duck-Kyu Kim, Yun Hyun Huh, Gyuseok Lee, Su-Hyeon Lee, Yunkyung Hong, Sun-Hun Kim, Min-Suk Kook, Jeong-Tae Koh, Jang-Soo Chun, Shee Eun Lee, Je-Hwang Ryu
Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders worldwide. It is accompanied by inflammation of the gingiva and destruction of periodontal tissues, leading to alveolar bone loss. Here, we focused on the role of adipokines, which are locally expressed by periodontal tissues, in the regulation of catabolic gene expression leading to periodontal inflammation. The expression of the nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) adipokine was dramatically increased in inflamed human and mouse gingival tissues...
August 18, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819302/generation-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-a-polysialic-acid-carrying-fragment-of-the-neural-cell-adhesion-molecule-ncam-to-the-cell-nucleus
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Nina Westphal, Gabriele Loers, David Lutz, Thomas Theis, Ralf Kleene, Melitta Schachner
Polysialic acid (PSA) and its major protein carrier, the neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM, play important roles in many nervous system functions during development and in adulthood. Here, we show that a PSA-carrying NCAM fragment is generated at the plasma membrane by matrix metalloproteases and transferred to the cell nucleus via endosomes and the cytoplasm. Generation and nuclear import of this fragment in cultured cerebellar neurons is induced by a function-triggering NCAM antibody and a peptide comprising the effector domain (ED) of myristoylated alanine-rich C kinase substrate (MARCKS) which interacts with PSA within the plane of the plasma membrane...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818206/pharmacological-and-activated-fibroblast%C3%A2-targeting-of-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-grk2-after%C3%A2-myocardial-ischemia-attenuates-heart-failure-progression
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Joshua G Travers, Fadia A Kamal, Iñigo Valiente-Alandi, Michelle L Nieman, Michelle A Sargent, John N Lorenz, Jeffery D Molkentin, Burns C Blaxall
BACKGROUND: Cardiac fibroblasts are a critical cell population responsible for myocardial extracellular matrix homeostasis. Upon injury or pathological stimulation, these cells transform to an activated myofibroblast state and play a fundamental role in myocardial fibrosis and remodeling. Chronic sympathetic overstimulation, a hallmark of heart failure (HF), induces pathological signaling through G protein βγ (Gβγ) subunits and their interaction with G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2)...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816288/-recombinant-human-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-promotes-dental-pulp-stem-cells-proliferation-and-mineralization
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W Q Jia, Y M Zhao, L H Ge
OBJECTIVE: To explore suitable concentration of recombinant human transforming growth factor β1 (rhTGF-β1) usage and study the effect of rhTGF-β1 on differentiation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs). METHODS: DPSCs were isolated from the undiseased third molars of people aged 18-25 years and cultured according to instructions in vitro. Different concentrations (1 , 6 , 10 μg/L) of rhTGF-β1 were added to the culture medium to examine DPSCs proliferation by CCK-8 (cell counting kit-8) assay...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815598/lpa1-is-a-key-mediator-of-intracellular-signalling-and-neuroprotection-triggered-by-tetracyclic-antidepressants-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Maria C Olianas, Simona Dedoni, Pierluigi Onali
Both lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and antidepressants have been shown to affect neuronal survival and differentiation, but whether LPA signalling participates in the action of antidepressants is still unknown. In the present study we examined the role of LPA receptors in the regulation of ERK1/2 activity and neuronal survival by the tetracyclic antidepressants mianserin and mirtazapine in hippocampal neurons. In HT22 immortalized hippocampal cells antidepressants and LPA induced a time- and concentration-dependent stimulation of ERK1/2 phosphorylation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815233/the-protective-effect-of-acerola-malpighia-emarginata-against-oxidative-damage-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-through-the-improvement-of-antioxidant-enzyme-activity-and-mitochondrial-functionality
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José M Alvarez-Suarez, Francesca Giampieri, Massimiliano Gasparrini, Luca Mazzoni, Celestino Santos-Buelga, Ana M González-Paramás, Tamara Y Forbes-Hernández, Sadia Afrin, Timothy Páez-Watson, José L Quiles, Maurizio Battino
Acerola fruits (Malpighia emarginata DC.) from the central region of Cuba were analyzed to determine their chemical composition and protective capacity against oxidative damage using an in vitro human dermal fibroblast (HDFa) model. The chemical composition analyses showed a high content of vitamin C, total polyphenols, β-carotene and folates in the acerola fruit. From the HPLC-DAD/ESI-MS(n) analyses, two anthocyanins (cyanidin 3-O-rhamnoside and pelargonidin 3-O-rhamnoside), three hydroxycinnamoyl derivatives (caffeoyl hexoside, dihydrocaffeoylquinic acid and coumaroyl hexoside) and fifteen flavonols (mostly glycosylated forms of quercetin and kaempferol) were detected...
August 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812650/autosomal-recessive-cone-rod-dystrophy-can-be-caused-by-mutations-in-the-atf6-gene
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Anna Skorczyk-Werner, Wei-Chieh Chiang, Anna Wawrocka, Katarzyna Wicher, Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak, Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj, Aleksander Jamsheer, Rafał Płoski, Małgorzata Rydzanicz, Dorota Pojda-Wilczek, Nicole Weisschuh, Bernd Wissinger, Susanne Kohl, Jonathan H Lin, Maciej R Krawczyński
Inherited retinal dystrophies (IRDs) are clinically and genetically highly heterogeneous, making clinical diagnosis difficult. The advances in high-throughput sequencing (ie, panel, exome and genome sequencing) have proven highly effective on defining the molecular basis of these disorders by identifying the underlying variants in the respective gene. Here we report two siblings affected by an IRD phenotype and a novel homozygous c.1691A>G (p.(Asp564Gly)) ATF6 (activating transcription factor 6A) missense substitution identified by whole exome sequencing analysis...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810523/reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p38-feedback-loop-implicated-in-proliferation-inhibition-of-hfls-ra-cells-induced-by-1-7-dihydroxy-3-4-dimethoxyxanthone
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Jian Zuo, De-Yu Dou, Hui-Fang Wang, Yan-Hong Zhu, Yan Li, Jia-Jie Luan
1,7-Dihydroxy-3,4-dimethoxyxanthone (XAN) is a bioactive compound isolated from Securidaca inappendiculata Hassk. and exerts the inhibitory effects on fibroblast-like synoviocytes by targeting NF-κB and p38. This study was designed to elucidate mechanisms underlying the divergent regulation on the two pathways in HFLS-RA cells by XAN. Expressions of hallmark proteins and transcription of GADD45α mRNA were determined by Western-blot and RT-qPCR methods, respectively. Fluorescence staining was employed to evaluate intracellular oxidative stress...
August 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809397/fibroblasts-in-an-endocardial-fibroelastosis-disease-model-mainly-originate-from-mesenchymal-derivatives-of-epicardium
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Hui Zhang, Xiuzhen Huang, Kuo Liu, Juan Tang, Lingjuan He, Wenjuan Pu, Qiaozhen Liu, Yan Li, Xueying Tian, Yue Wang, Libo Zhang, Ying Yu, Hongyan Wang, Ronggui Hu, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Qing-Dong Wang, Zengyong Qiao, Li Zhang, Kathy O Lui, Bin Zhou
Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) refers to the thickening of the ventricular endocardium as a result of de novo deposition of subendocardial fibrous tissue layers during neonatal heart development. The origin of EFE fibroblasts is proposed to be postnatal endocardial cells that undergo an aberrant endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Genetic lineage tracing of endocardial cells with the inducible endocardial Cre line Npr3-CreER and the endothelial cell tracing line Cdh5-CreER on an EFE-like model did not reveal any contribution of neonatal endocardial cells to fibroblasts in the EFE-like tissues...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809151/the-pentameric-complex-of-human-cytomegalovirus-cell-tropism-virus-dissemination-immune-response-and-vaccine-development
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Giuseppe Gerna, Maria Grazia Revello, Fausto Baldanti, Elena Percivalle, Daniele Lilleri
Between the 1980s and 1990s, three assays were developed for diagnosis of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections: leuko (L)-antigenemia, l-viremia and l-DNAemia, detecting viral protein pp65, infectious virus and viral DNA, respectively, in circulating leukocytes Repeated initial attempts to reproduce the three assays in vitro using laboratory-adapted strains and infected cell cultures were consistently unsuccessful. Results were totally reversed when wild-type HCMV strains were used to infect either fibroblasts or endothelial cells...
August 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808969/methods-of-assessing-sting-activation-and-trafficking
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Vladislav Pokatayev, Nan Yan
The signaling adapter protein STING is crucial for the host immune response to cytosolic DNA and cyclic dinucleotides. Under basal conditions, STING resides on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER ) , but upon activation, it traffics through secretory pathway to cytoplasmic vesicles, where STING activates downstream immune signaling. Classical STING activation and trafficking are triggered by binding of cyclic dinucleotide ligands. STING signaling can also be activated by gain-of-function mutations that lead to constitutive trafficking of STING...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808804/identification-of-a-new-liver-specific-c-type-mrna-transcriptional-variant-for-mouse-st3gal5-gm3-gm4-synthase
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Fumi Shishido, Satoshi Uemura, Takahiro Nitta, Jin-Ichi Inokuchi
GM3, a major lipid component of the plasma membrane outer leaflet in mammalian cells, is synthesized in the luminal side of Golgi by ST3GAL5 protein (ST3G5), a type II membrane protein. Two strains of St3Gal5 knockout mice have been established for studies of GM3 physiological function: St3Gal5-Ex5-KO (lacking exon 5, which contains the catalytic domain of ST3G5), and St3Gal5-Ex3-KO (lacking exon 3, which contains the initiation codons). Results of the present study demonstrate that GM3 synthesis is still present, at a low level, in liver of St3Gal5-Ex3-KO mice...
August 14, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808568/thymosin-%C3%AE-4-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-friend-or-foe
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Kyoung Soo Kim, Hyung-In Yang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has characteristic pannus tissues, which show tumor-like growth of the synovium through chronic joint inflammation. The synovium is highly penetrated by various immune cells, and the synovial lining becomes hyperplastic due to increased numbers of macrophage-like and fibroblast-like synoviocytes. Thus, a resultant hypoxic condition stimulates the expression of inflammation-related genes in various cells, in particular, vascular endothelial growth factor. Thymosin β4 (Tβ4), a 5-kDa protein, is known to play a significant role in various biological activities, such as actin sequestering, cell motility, migration, inflammation, and damage repair...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808378/rutamarin-an-active-constituent-from-ruta-angustifolia-pers-induced-apoptotic-cell-death-in-the-ht29-colon-adenocarcinoma-cell-line
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Shafinah Ahmad Suhaimi, Sok Lai Hong, Sri Nurestri Abdul Malek
BACKGROUND: Ruta angustifolia Pers. is a perennial herb that is cultivated worldwide, including Southeast Asia, for the treatment of various diseases as traditional medicine. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to identify an active principle of R. angustifolia and to investigate its effect on the HT29 cell death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methanol and fractionated extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and water) of R. angustifolia Pers...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
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